Somewhere, someone in human resources has said, “My one wish is to be happy.” Well, ladies and gentlemen, that wasn’t me.
You might have seen the trendy titles that are taking the human resources industry by storm, but of all of the ridiculous titles, in all of the ridiculous organizations, there is one title that stands alone – Chief Happiness Officer (or any derivative thereof).
I get it. Happy employees save companies money. They are less likely to attrite, and research shows that happy employees tend to be more productive. What we’re missing here is that employee happiness is not up to HR. I am not responsible for balancing your neurochemical equation. This isn’t me skirting my duty as a human resources professional. This is me explaining that I am not the Geppetto to your Pinocchio.
Maybe what we’re debating is terminology, or even the sum result of the proper execution of this important business function, but there is a fine line here and the title of Chief Happiness Officer crosses it. You know what doesn’t cross that line? A Benefits Coordinator that helps you navigate your comprehensive benefits package. A Human Resources Manager that advocates for an investment in your professional development. A Head of Talent that identifies and recruits your future team members. The list goes on.
I want you to be successful, and I hope that you are fulfilled, but I can’t make you happy. This sounds like we’re breaking up. We’re not. Well, if you think we’re together in the first place, it’s probably time that we have a talk. If you can’t find happiness in what you do, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it anymore. Now, that’s an equation I am more than willing to help you solve.
I can support and help create an environment in which you can do your best work every day. I can’t make you happy.